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FESTIVAL WATCH | Live On Lincoln

By: Alex WoodFestival Watch is a Tomorrows Verse feature where we break down festival news into the facts you need to know. Live On Lincoln  July 1 & 2 3200 N Lincoln AveHeadliners To Watch: The Motet Seven-piece funk band The Motet specializes in a smooth, jazz-influenced style that can be as rowdy as it can be...

Setlist / Recap / Photos / Video | Umphrey's McGee @ The Aragon 12/30/16

Words: Ryan Mannix | Photos: Tara Gracer PhotographyAfter a change of venue from Thursday, night two of the UM NYE run got underway with hard rocking Mulches Odyssey, somewhat of a staple opener. Some reggae-inspired jamming followed that included some Dopeman by N.W.A. lyrics spouted off by Brendan.  The song, and the...

Chicago's Newest Venue Concord Music Hall Opens Tonight

On the site of a former Latin music club, Chicago's newest venue -- Concord Music Hall -- will open up on Milwaukee Avenue tonight with a performance by Adam Ant.Mr. Ant doesn't get us too excited, but some of the initially announced bookings sure do. And given that the enterprise is being booked by...

The 21 Greatest Halloween Concerts Of All Time

Any day with great music is like a holiday, but there are certain days on the calendar that make the live music experience even more celebratory. Even without music, the transformation that occurs in late autumn takes on a surreal, ominous tone, it's no wonder that ancient societies create myth and ritual that mirrored the...

The Funk Stella Blue: The Motet's Grateful Halloween Weekend (Stream, Download, Video)

What happens when you take 12 musicians, with only 2 Deadheads in the bunch, and challenge them to funkify select cuts from the catalog of the Grateful Dead? That was the question, when Dave Watts and Colorado's Motet set out to prepare for their 4 night 2011 Halloween run through the Front Range.If rehearsal time is proportional to...

The Gospel According To Melvin: A Barn Presents Mix Tape

While The Barn's recent interview with Melvin Seals intended to shed some light on the Jerry Garcia Band catalog, Melvin made it clear that the Jerry tunes weren't the only thing he's been up to lately.I took this as an open door to explore some of the other projects Melvin has been involved with,...

Talking Heads Tuesday: Jambands Celebrate Talking Heads

More than just about any band (and I'll throw the Beatles, Dead, and Zappa in there too), Talking Heads have provided direct inspiration to the jamband community. Attribute it to their rhythmic ideals, engaging melodies or passion for innovation, but with only 8 studio albums to draw from, the variety of tunes covered and interpretations that...